The Pilgrim

 The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim watches over the year-round bustle of Pilgrim Hill, including winter sled races and springtime picnics beneath the Yoshino cherry trees. It depicts one of the early American settlers standing confidently with one hand leaning on the muzzle of a flintlock musket. On the pedestal beneath him are four timely depictions — including one of the Mayflower—as well as an inscription: “To commemorate the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers on Plymouth Rock: December 21, 1620.”

The Pilgrim was commissioned in 1885 by the New England Society in celebration of its 75th year. It is among the most celebrated works of John Quincy Adams Ward, whose other Central Park sculptures include Indian Hunter, William Shakespeare, and the 7th Regiment Memorial.

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East Side at 72nd Street & 5th Avenue

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